Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolled "Gravity" On Twitter, And It’s Pretty Hilarious

The renowned astrophysicist is apparently unhappy with some of the factual accuracy in the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space-set thriller. Some SPOILERS ahead.

1. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, had a few issues with the space-set thriller Gravity.

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2. At first, it was just with the film’s title.

4. And for a second, it look liked Tyson’s issues stopped there.

5. But then Tyson started in on the film itself — and at first, he was on kind of shaky ground.

6. FWIW, Bullock’s character does say in the film her work on Hubble originated with hospital imaging technology.

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But that was in the opening minutes of the film, and Tyson could have been just too awed by the movie’s grand scale.

7. But then Tyson began to fact-check the movie as only a Harvard and Columbia educated astrophysicist can. And it was hilarious.

Mysteries of #Gravity: How Hubble (350mi up) ISS (230mi up) & a Chinese Space Station are all in sight lines of one another.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mysteries of #Gravity: When Clooney releases Bullock's tether, he drifts away. In zero-G a single tug brings them together.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock's hair, in otherwise convincing zero-G scenes, did not float freely on her head.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mysteries of #Gravity: Astronaut Clooney informs medical doctor Bullock what happens medically during oxygen depravation.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mysteries of #Gravity: Nearly all satellites orbit Earth west to east yet all satellite debris portrayed orbited east to west

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mysteries of #Gravity: Satellite communications were disrupted at 230 mi up, but communications satellites orbit 100x higher.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

13. Tyson didn’t keep his thoughts just to the world of science, either.

Mysteries of #Gravity: Why anyone is impressed with a zero-G film 45 years after being impressed with "2001:A Space Odyssey"

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

14. His final point, in fact, was more about sociology than astrophysics.

Mysteries of #Gravity: Why we enjoy a SciFi film set in make-believe space more than we enjoy actual people set in real space

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

15. P.S.: This isn’t the first time Tyson has taken issue with a movie’s fidelity to the science of the stars, either.

16. UPDATE: Despite his concerns about factual accuracy, Tyson did enjoy Gravity!

My Tweets hardly ever convey opinion. Mostly perspectives on the world. But if you must know, I enjoyed #Gravity very much.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

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